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The Power of Influence February 1st, 2011

Marcia Smart Ph.D.

The Power of Influence

Influence emerged as the top skill in defining Leadership. Informal Leaders lead from a base of influence. This is primarily because they do not have any formal authority to enforce and/or direct others to get things done.

In my book, The Hidden Power of Informal Leadership I discussed in detail how Informal Leaders use influence.   Their sphere of Influence extends up, down and across groups and organizations. They have the ability to bring people together without the authority of an organizational chart or reporting structure behind them.

Are you a person of Influence?   How would YOU define Influence? Join is in a very interactive group discussion on the definition of Influence at . We want to hear your expert perspective.



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Define Leadership in 1 Word December 6th, 2010

Marcia Smart Ph.D.

If you had to define ‘Leadership’ in 1 word, what would it be? The Results are in!

I posted this question to the Informal Leadership Group on LinkedIn which currently has over 4700 members – . The responses have been analyzed and the data tabulated. Thanks to the hundreds of you who participated.

I want to give special thanks to Informal Leadership Group member Mitch Owen of Mitchen, Inc. for analyzing and creating such a clear, easy to read graphic. Mitch we appreciate your leadership initiative.

To see the results click here then click on the file RESULTS ARE IN under the PDF section:

What do the high ranking words mean to you as a leader?   Is it the same for both  Formal and Informal Leadership? Share your comments in the section below.

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Teens as Informal Leaders December 6th, 2010

Marcia Smart Ph.D.

There are individuals in every group called informal leaders who succeed in making things happen, getting things done, and mobilizing the people around them to act, even though they have not been officially designated as leaders.

Last week I had the opportunity to speak on Informal Leadership to a group of high-school seniors. What a joyful, unique learning experience! It was their Leadership class and they had been studying Servant Leadership- . Informal Leaders tend to have a strong Ethic of Care and Being of Service is one of their core values. These students quickly grasped the concept of Informal Leadership and their hands kept going up to share experiences of being an Informal Leader.

There were also stories of being negative Informal Leaders, especially at summer camp! OK, I would not go into details, but some were very funny! They were also good examples of the use of negative power and influence by an informal leader to get things done. .

How have you seen Informal Leaders being Servant Leaders? Share your comments in the section below.

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